Shahadat Chowdhury
Shahadat Chowdhury

General Information
Journalist, Editor

Full Name: Shahadat Chowdhury

Affiliation: Weekly 2000

Current Position: Deceased

Date of Birth: July 28, 1943

Date of Death: November 29, 2005

Place of Birth: Bangladesh

Home District: Khulna

Nationality: Bangladeshi


Shahadat Chowdhury (28 July 1943 - 29 November 2005) was a Bangladeshi journalist and editor of several news magazines. He served as the editor of the weekly Bichitra from 1972 until it ceased publication in 1997. He then served as editor of Weekly 2000 and Anandhara. In 2006, the Government of Bangladesh awarded him the Ekushey Padak (posthumous), the state's second highest civilian honor for his contribution to journalism.

Chowdhury was born in Khulna district. He was one of the 12 children of Abdul Haque Chowdhury and Jahanara Chowdhury. He matriculated from Dhaka Graduate High School and graduated in painting from Institute of Fine Arts.

Chowdhury was the editor of Kachi-Kachhar Ashar of Daily Ittefaq's Shishu page in 1971. He was the travelogue writer of the Kochi Kachar Mela, a children's cultural organization of the then East Pakistan. He joined Media World Group Weekly as the founding editor of the journal Weekly 2000.

Chowdhury participated in the war in Sector Two and was a member of the crack platoon of the 1971 Liberation War. He formed a guerilla army in Dhaka. He helped poet Sufia Kamal's daughter to cross the border during the war he fought. He started his journalism career by publishing the news of the Liberation Army. He was also one of the architects of the Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee.

After the independence of Bangladesh, Chowdhury joined the weekly Bichitra as an assistant editor in 1972 and was the editor of the magazine until 1997. In 1998, he joined the weekly 2000 and fortnightly Anandadhara as editor.

Chowdhury organized the first beauty pageant television program in Bangladesh in 1998. The title of the show was Anand Bichitra Photo Sundori. Actress Sadika Parveen Poppy was the winner that year.

Chowdhury died on 29 November 2005. He was buried with state honors at Mirpur Shaheed Intellectual Cemetery in Dhaka.

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